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post #1 of 16
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Well today I did the thing that gear heads on low budgets really ought not to do. I went to sporting goods stores which are in full swing bringing out the October special super mark down stuff, and the additional didn't get around to it until now stuff.

Test one I managed to pass: Gart sports had brought about twice the stock of Volants out onto the sales floor than it had previously. I looked carefully at the new additions, organized the disarray which the highly skilled Gart sports employees had left the beautiful steel marvels in, sighed a couple heavy sighs. Then left without buying anything, even though I had a brand new, unused Platinum Master card in my wallet (I may not be rich, but I pay my bills on time and someone gave me credit for it).

I hadn't had enough though, so I went to Bob Ward's, since I hadn't been there for a couple weeks when they were first bringing the ski gear out. Well they have racks of jackets running right down the middle of the center aisle up to 70% off, so I couldn't help but look, after all, I was safe, as I am quite pleased with my Red Ledge hard shell which I got just last year. But then, like a bolt of lightening from heaven, I saw what I didn't have, or need, but that I really kind of wanted anyway. It was an insulated inner jacket by Red Ledge which would zip neatly into my shell, it was made to. There was no price on it though, and so, I walked away, back to look at all those skis that I wasn't planning on buying, confident that I was impervious to any attempts to sell me anything, because A) I am waiting to bid on some skis on eBay, and B) they don't even sell Volants there, and I'd already walked away from a shelf full of Volants.

I laughed within myself when the hapless sales person aproached me and, upon hearing me mention I was sort of looking for another pair of wide skis (how cruelly I baited him) he steered me first to the Salomon 1080 Gun, then the K2 Apache Chief, little did he know that he didn't have a chance. I then brought up the Dalbello Krypton Pros, which were lording it above all other boots on the top shelf, and listened intently and with some genuine interest as he narrated his tour of the boot, pulling out the liner and showing me the inside. I also pointed out the wide braked Atomic R614 TD bindings and told him about the excellent deal I'd found on them over the summer, he was impressed, as well he should be!!

I was about to walk off in utter triumph, having shopped without buying something utterly needless, when I heard myself asking about the jacket liner without the price tag that I'd seen earlier.Of course he smelled blood at that point and walked over to it with me, and when he couldn't find a price tag, he told me he'd find out how much it was. I thought about bolting for the door at that point, but something compelled me to stay. I thought to myself, "It will be too much, and I'll get away scott free.", but then he returned, and asked how much I thought it was, he was toying with me, he knew he had me wear I was weakest, by the bargain hunger. I made a ridiculously low guess to throw him off, but to no avail, he said "No, $29.99!" Argh!! I'd been beaten at my own game, I walked to the front of the store with him (as he had to tell the unbelievable low price to the person at the checkstand) slapped my plastic down and walked out with the one thing that could have got me to cough up, a bargain on the thing that I didn't have that I'd really kind of wanted.

Well a strange sense of satisfaction came over me on the way to my van, "Aha!!" I thought to myself, "I won again!! What a bargain!! This liner is worth twice what I paid for it!!" I was smiling all the way home.
post #2 of 16
I found a new pair of goggles and a helmet from last years stock at my local shop. They just opened today for the season and I walked in an hour after the opening. They had some marked downs on slightly damaged goods. They had a Leedom Vandal hemlet for $20(the only thing wrong was a busted strap that was easily fixed when I got home) and a Marker Goggle for $30 that was originally $119. It has a minor scracth on the lens towards the bottom but nothing big. I also purchased a Marker double ski bag/padded with wheels that had a hole in the top(about an inch and a half) and got it for $40...original retail was $180.
post #3 of 16
I put on an Arc'teryx Sidewinder AR shell today and WOW - almost pulled the trigger. But at $400 (on sale no less!) I decided to take my time and look around a bit more.
post #4 of 16
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Originally Posted by SkierXMan
I found a new pair of goggles and a helmet from last years stock at my local shop. They just opened today for the season and I walked in an hour after the opening. They had some marked downs on slightly damaged goods. They had a Leedom Vandal hemlet for $20(the only thing wrong was a busted strap that was easily fixed when I got home) and a Marker Goggle for $30 that was originally $119. It has a minor scracth on the lens towards the bottom but nothing big. I also purchased a Marker double ski bag/padded with wheels that had a hole in the top(about an inch and a half) and got it for $40...original retail was $180.
Dood, you went to town!!!:

I think the padded double ski bag with wheels is classic in the utterly needless department. GOOD FORM!!!
post #5 of 16
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Originally Posted by volantaddict
Dood, you went to town!!!:

I think the padded double ski bag with wheels is classic in the utterly needless department. GOOD FORM!!!
I don't think it's needless at all. Anyone who takes bus trips knows that a padded bag is vital equipment. Sportubes are better for planes, but the padded bags work too, when you don't have a sporttube.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by doublediamond223
I don't think it's needless at all. Anyone who takes bus trips knows that a padded bag is vital equipment. Sportubes are better for planes, but the padded bags work too, when you don't have a sporttube.
Well you know I was thinking about that after I posted, what it would be like for those folks who fly places to lug their skis through an airport terminal without the handy dandy wheels, The HORROR!!!: Now I see the shortcoming of the bag being that it ONLY carries two pair of skis.

From my perspective though, I travel in my van, and just chuck my skis in the back, therefore, since the world revolves around ME :, the ski bag still qualifies as utterly needless. There you go, all neatly qualified and tied up with a bow.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Noodler
I put on an Arc'teryx Sidewinder AR shell today and WOW - almost pulled the trigger. But at $400 (on sale no less!) I decided to take my time and look around a bit more.
Goodness, way to be strong Noodler, I know it's a hard thing to pass up on the goodies, but be of good cheer, there's plenty of time to make an utterly needless but satisfying purchase. For you I think the IDEAL utterly needless purchase would be yet another pair of Machete's, I see that you don't have the Truth yet, now wouldn't that make a pointless but heart warming addition to your quiver?
post #8 of 16
After years of experience in shops both selling and browsing, I went into the new REI in my region, picked up my internet ordered bindings, used the lady's room mistakenly, walked around and left without spending anything.
post #9 of 16
years ago i walked into an rei when i was vacationing in New Mexico, and saw a brand new pair of Lange x-zero-9 boots, same size as the ones i bought the previous season for $350, only for $50. as they say, i couldn't afford not to buy them. i ended up using the liners when the previous ones packed out, but the shells sit in my closet, pristine as ever.
post #10 of 16
I bought a Garmin GPSmap76CS this summer. Fun? yes. Needed? NO!

Now I can buy maps for it that I don't need.
post #11 of 16
I looked at a pair of boots that were exactly what I wanted and fit better than anything I had ever tried. I came close to buying, but at that time the $600 tag was too steap. So I continued to use my old, adequate but not comfy boots.

Fast forward 1.5 years. I'm in the store to buy a snorkle for a Hawaii trip. There are the same boots (I'm pretty sure they're the very ones I tried on) for $140.

I left without the snorkle.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by ATskier
After years of experience in shops both selling and browsing, I went into the new REI in my region, picked up my internet ordered bindings, used the lady's room mistakenly, walked around and left without spending anything.
Ooh, nice technique, slicker than snot! Then again, where's the danger! I guess in the ladies' room.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by Ghost
I bought a Garmin GPSmap76CS this summer. Fun? yes. Needed? NO!

Now I can buy maps for it that I don't need.
Now this is an expert level utterly needless purchase! Wow, a super toy that usually will be of no use, let me reiterate, WOW! I'm having a hard time getting my bearings, my mind is lost in the gravity well of this catastrophically satisfiying and extraneous purchase. Well done Ghost!
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by bbinder
years ago i walked into an rei when i was vacationing in New Mexico, and saw a brand new pair of Lange x-zero-9 boots, same size as the ones i bought the previous season for $350, only for $50. as they say, i couldn't afford not to buy them. i ended up using the liners when the previous ones packed out, but the shells sit in my closet, pristine as ever.
Ah duplicity, the sweet savor of which legends are made. This is where needlessness and utility strangely blur into one.
post #15 of 16
Drove up to 7S today to pick up my ski pass. It was raining anyway so not good cycling weather. I just "happened" to see that the ski shop had last year's dregs marked wayy down, so I got another pair of Polartec flextights - marked down from $65 to $25. They also had a really nice jacket marked down from $250 to 30 bucks -- fortunately for me it was too big.

I justified another pair of Polartecs, saying that I could use them to cycle in until ski season. ( I love rationalization)
post #16 of 16
This isn't limited to ski stuff. Last week I went to the bike flea market at the velodrome and escaped with only my usual 3 for $5 tubes, a Campy jersey, and a chain-wear tool, but passed on the brand-new Specialized Langster fixie for $400 in my size. And today while at the discount mall looking for a fridge, stopped in the Brooks Bros outlet and found a gray flannel chalkstripe in my size, just like the one I wore out in court many years ago, and was saved only by remembering my vow never to buy another suit again (unless it has goretex and edge guards on the cuffs).
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